The International Game Developers Association has weighed in on accusations from the anonymous blogger(s) alleging unfair working conditions at Rockstar San Diego, calling the practice of “excessive crunch” during Red Dead Redemption’s development “deceptive, exploitative and ultimately harmful”.
The statement from the IGDA does not solely focus on the rumoured work conditions at Rockstar San Diego – makers of Midnight Club and Red Dead Redemption – choosing to address the industry as a whole.
“In any studio, the IGDA finds the practice of undisclosed and constant overtime to be deceptive, exploitative, and ultimately harmful not only to developers but to their final product and the industry as a whole,” reads the statement.
Rockstar San Diego management is being accused of demanding 70-plus hour work weeks, leading to “mental, physical and emotional” stress for developers working on Red Dead Redemption. An anonymous ex-Rockstar developer backed up those claims in a report on MTV Multiplayer.
“The Board of the IGDA and the IGDA’s Quality of Life Special Interest Group extend their support to the developers at Rockstar San Diego and their families,” the IGDA continues, “and wish them the best in resolving their concerns.”